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Benchmark Old Number 8

3.0 (1 review)

¥125.00

Benchmark Old Number 8 is from Buffalo Trace Distillery, who make a lot of different bourbons from just a few mash bills.  Age and placement in the warehouses determine the rest. Their #1 mash bill is a low-rye bill (less than 10%) and makes some big names: Eagle Rare, George T. Stagg and Stagg Jr., Colonel E.H. Taylor, the eponymous Buffalo Trace, Old Charter, and McAfee’s Benchmark Old Number 8.

SKU: 2020HDMA20044 Category: ABV: 40%Bottle Size: 700mlBrands: Buffalo TraceDrink or Keep: Drinker

Description

Benchmark Old Number 8 is from Buffalo Trace Distillery, who make a lot of different bourbons from just a few mash bills.  Age and placement in the warehouses determine the rest. Their #1 mash bill is a low-rye bill (less than 10%) and makes some big names: Eagle Rare, George T. Stagg and Stagg Jr., Colonel E.H. Taylor, the eponymous Buffalo Trace, Old Charter, and McAfee’s Benchmark Old Number 8.

Tasting Notes

Nose:  Candy corn, butterscotch, toasted grains, vanilla, corn and light bits of tart caramel apples, nuts and a creamy acidic nature like sour cream.

Palate:  Candy corn, caramel corn, vanilla, nuts, grain and a touch of oak and spice.  The palate is more muted than the aroma, but there’s nothing offensive going on so there’s nothing to get too worked up about.

Finish: Short drop of nuts, oak, vanilla and spice.

Overall: The aroma of the McAfee’s Benchmark Old No. 8 Bourbon is a bit more dynamic than the flavor and presents a more interesting experience.   It’s perfectly drinkable and inoffensive.

Awards for Benchmark Old Number 8

  • Silver – 2019 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Silver – 2019 – Denver International Spirits Competition
  • Gold – 2018 – New York International Spirits Competition
  • Gold – 2018 – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • Silver – 2018  – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • “Tried & True” – 2018 – 92 points – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • Silver – 2018  – Denver International Spirits Competition
  • Bronze – 2017 – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Silver – 2017 – IWSC
  • Gold – 90 points – 2017 – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • Silver – 2017 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • “Great Value” – 2017 – 94 points – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • Silver – 2017 – Denver International Spirits Competition
  • Double Gold – 2016 – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Silver – 2016 – IWSC
  • Silver – 2016 – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • “Great Value” – 2016 – 93 points – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • Bronze – 2016 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Silver – 2015 – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Silver – 2015 – Los Angeles International Spirits Competition
  • Gold – 2015 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • “Great Value;” “Tried & True” – 2015 – 88 points – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • Silver – 2014 – New York World Wine & Spirits Competition
  • Gold -2014 – IWSC
  • Gold (90 points) – 2014 – Los Angeles IWSC
  • Silver  – 2014 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Gold – 91 points – 2013 – Los Angeles IWSC
  • Silver – 2013 – San Francisco World Spirits Competition
  • Excellent/Strong Recommendation; Great Value – 2013 – Ultimate Spirits Challenge
  • Bronze – 2013 – Spirits of the Americas

1 review for Benchmark Old Number 8

  1. Vishal (verified owner)

    Benchmark Old No.8
    Full size 750ml bottle for 108.88 rambos, delivered to my door, coming from Buffalo Trace distillery, for that price it was a no brainer to purchase.

    I was expecting something harsh as it was cheap, BUT…I was pleasantly surprised.

    Nose: Mild spice, Honey and Corn.
    Palate: Caramel corn, some rye notes in there.
    Finish: Short but smooth. Easy sipping.
    Overall: Worth a try, better than Jack Daniel’s.

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